Fort Kent students will bring scary love story to the stage with ‘The Immortal Dracula’

FORT KENT, Maine — Spooky sound effects, stage combat, fake blood and a flawed yet sympathetic love story are all components of “The Immortal Dracula,” which Fort Kent Community High School drama students will perform for three nights the week after Halloween.  

The classic vampire tale by Bram Stoker was adapted for the Fort Kent stage by Director Doug Clapp.

Olorin Braun Epp will lead the cast as the creepy and lovelorn Dracula, a departure from his more affable roles such as Willy Wonka and Elvis Presley in recent school productions.

“Dracula falls in love; he’s a much more sympathetic character and he’s more interesting to play actually,” Braun Epp said. 

Olorin Braun Epp rehearses his titular role in “The Immortal Dracula,” which Fort Kent Community High School students will perform the week after Halloween. (Jessica Potila | St. John Valley Times)

Braun Epp has studied and taken on a convincing Romanian accent in preparation for the role. 

Actress Hannah Chasse mastered a proper British accent for her role as the Londonite Dracula mesmerizes in order to get closer to the woman he loves. 

Clapp has also trained the actors in stage combat as many characters in the play are out to battle the evil Dracula, and he is prepared to fight them in order to win his true love.

“It’s going to be a grand theatrical experience,” Chasse said. 

The students will perform “The Immortal Dracula” Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, Nov. 4-6 beginning at 6:30 p.m at the Fort Kent Community High School cafeteria. 

The show is expected to run just over three hours and may not be appropriate for younger audience members who are unfamiliar with the story of Dracula or who spook easily, so parental discretion is advised, Clapp said. 

Tickets are available by contacting drama club members or the high school front office at 207-834-5540.

The cost of admission is $7 for adults, and $4 for students.

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